The Jakarta Post
State-owned lender Bank Mandiri is giving out life insurance plans with potential payments totaling Rp 1 trillion (US$60 million) to 35,000 frontline healthcare professionals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Bank Mandiri president director Royke Tumilaar said doctors would receive life insurance plans of Rp 50 million and nurses would receive plans of Rp 25 million. Other medical professionals would receive plans of Rp 10 million per person. The insurance will be channeled through AXA Mandiri Financial Services.
He said that the insurance would be available for one year, from April 1 to March 31, 2021.
“We realize that healthcare professionals at the hospitals are working in a high-risk environment, and although the amount is nothing compared to their sacrifice, we hope this protection plan can help ease their burdens,” said Royke during a video conference.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a massive strain on Indonesia’s healthcare system. There are reports of inadequate medical supplies and deaths of hospital workers as patient numbers continue to grow.
State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir lauded Bank Mandiri’s effort, saying that the medical workers deserved the protection as they were working on the front lines of the pandemic. He said the public needed to work together to face the pandemic and support healthcare workers.
“What we do to stop the spread means nothing compared to their work,” Erick said during the video conference.
The effort from Bank Mandiri adds to a government plan to provide financial incentives and protective gear for health workers.
The government plans to provide a Rp 15 million incentive to medical specialists, Rp 10 million to physicians and dentists, Rp 7.5 million to nurses and Rp 5 million to other medical staff members, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said in March.
“We will also provide a total of Rp 300 million of compensation in case of death. This applies to regions that have declared a state of emergency,” Jokowi said.